The Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show is partnering with the Watsonville Municipal Airport's annual Open House event.
In addition to KWVI's annual event, which in includes the Monterey Bay Ninety-Nine's "Dime-a-pound-Rides", Historical Aircraft Displays, First Responders, EAA Hot-dog booth, Bounce houses and cheapest fuel within 50 miles.....there will be an attempt to break the record for most aircraft on a runway for a photograph at Watsonville.
Watsonville company aims to bring flying to the masses
WATSONVILLE, CA. -- A Watsonville light sport aircraft company is attempting to fuel excitement about the possibilities of local aviation. West Coast Sport Aircraft, which opened at the Watsonville Municipal Airport in February, specializes in a two-seater aircraft called Tecnam. The Watsonville business, which sells airplanes, conducts training courses and provides Santa Cruz County tours, held its official grand opening last week, which was attended by about 100 people.
JULY 2008 STATE-WIDE SUPPORT NEEDED FOR AIRPORT PROTECTION
The Watsonville Pilots Association (WPA), the Friends of Buena Vista (FOBV), and the local Sierra Club were successful in litigation against the City of Watsonville, CA. The Superior Court ruled that the City is in violation of State Aeronautics Law and certain California Environmental Qualities Act (CEQA) provisions. Since the City?s general plan update was predicated on a council resolution inconsistent with airport land use planning precepts, the court ruled that the general plan and its made-to-fit Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are to be rescinded. On June 24 the Watsonville city council voted to appeal. A ruling by the appeals court makes this a precedent setting case. The ruling will then be applicable to future state-wide airport land use litigation in California. A ruling supporting State Aeronautics Law would help to protect all airports in California.
The Watsonville Pilots Association once again needs the financial support of the aviation community in California. Fighting the appeal will be backing a case that has already won at the lower court level. The Caltrans Department of Aeronautics is involved in the appeal supporting State Aeronautics Law and associated CEQA law (as relates to noise and safety around airports). The Department of Aeronautics supports the lower court ruling. Attorneys for Watsonville Pilots Association (et. al.) are cautious and conservative, but feel confident that the lower court decision should and will be upheld.
Contributions should be sent to: Watsonville Pilots Association P.O. Box 2074 Freedom, CA 95019-2074
Please make checks payable to ?WPA? and in the check memo section write ?legal fund. ? A favorable ruling at the appeals court will mean protection for not only Watsonville Airport (WVI), but all GA airports in California.
Dan Chauvet Asst. Secretary for Legal Affairs Watsonville Pilots Association
Editor's Note: It is clear that the City of Watsonville's strategy is to waste more taxpayer's money pursuing special interests needs (i.e. developers who contributed more than $500K for "studies" around the airport). One elected official and another high positioned official are gambling that WPA will not be able to raise the money to go back to court. Help to prove them wrong, and at the same time strengthen our state airports! Please contribute to this important case. The WPA is a Chapter of the California Pilots Association.
WATSONVILLE -- Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick on Monday dashed the hopes of city officials who were looking for something less than a total rejection of their long-range development plan. Burdick not only signed the final order implementing his earlier ruling that invalidated the 2030 general plan and its accompanying environmental review, he reinforced it with an injunction against moving forward with any project that is based on the planning document.
Friday, March 22, 2008 Court rules against Watsonville's growth plans
By Donna Jones The Santa Cruz (CA) Sentinel
WATSONVILLE -- A judge threw out Watsonville's long-range growth plan Friday, ruling that the city broke state aviation and environmental law. Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick's ruling in a lawsuit brought by the Watsonville Pilots Association and the neighborhood advocacy group, Friends of Buena Vista, prevents the city from permitting the construction of hundreds of homes north of the airport. "It's a resounding victory," said lawyer William Parkin, who represented the pilots group. "Clearly the city of Watsonville needs to comply with the law, with the aviation law and [the California Environmental Quality Act]."
SANTA CRUZ -- Watsonville's plans for development of as many as 2,250 homes west of the municipal airport were dealt a setback Thursday when a judge tentatively ruled the city violated state aviation law. A court decision places this property between Buena Vista Roads and the airport off limits to development.
At a recent Action Pajaro Valley meeting, the Watsonville City Manager stated that certain pilots had expressed their willingness to participate in a ?stakeholder committee? to develop a Watsonville Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan. He failed however, to identify them. He further stated that without the cooperation of the pilot organizations he could not proceed.
The all out effort by Watsonville Pilots Association (WPA) to stop development encroachment in the runway 8-26 safety zones is being heavily supported by local pilots. After a valiant effort to convince the City of Watsonville from making plans to create ?new noise and safety problems? the only course left was to use legal action. Now locals are putting their money where their mouth is.
Not only is there local support, but contributions are coming from all over California and even Oregon (we still need more). One of the legal fund checks had in the memo section: ?for the save runway 8-26 fund.? Yes, that about says it all.